You encounter Triple Expo, a new performance choreographed by Alexa West, in a shop window on a nondescript corner of a residential block in South Williamsburg. The performers are behind the glass, you are not.
Shen creates a cartography of historical knowledge, seemingly mapping out the documents and images utilized to construct historical or scientific narratives. Her research, put on display for the contemporary viewer, highlights the discrepancies of how knowledge has evolved: what once were facts now register as outdated superstitions while other events, previously understudied or not well known, emerge as stranger than fiction.
In Sandys Room (19891990) is one of Laura Aguilars (19592018) most well-known imagesa self-portrait, a monumental nude, a rejection of the fetishization of womens bodies. It is one of Aguilars largest single prints, more than three feet tall and four feet wide. Within her retrospective, Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell, this immense work is reconfigured as one sentence within the much larger story that Aguilars work tells about the complexity and embodied experience of identity.
We might see Nguyens film as an elegy to failed revolutions or the ways in which all revolutions transform themselves and become institutionalized, a memorial to lost histories, or histories that never took root. As the narrator at the beginning of the film asks comrade Weronika, where is the truth of unremembered things?
Im not the motherland. Im not a landscape. Im framing this conversation. Im not a flower. Im only here to work, declares a woman whose monologue acts as the soundtrack to video documentation of performances from 2017 by artist Joiri Minaya. The womans refusal of identities which connect the feminine to the landscape is emblematic of Minayas exploration of the female subject, in particular the construction of the tropical woman.